Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Bucs-Patriots: Instant analysis from Tampa Bay's 19-14 loss

TAMPA -— Here's the Tampa Bay Times' Bucs coverage team's instant analysis from the Bucs' 19-14 loss to the New England Patriots.

TOO LITTLE TOO LATE

Tom Jones, @tomwjones: Yes, they came close and, yes, the kicker kicked one away. But the loss came because of an offense that was dormant for three quarters. Not good enough, and the Bucs continue looking for a signature win to prove they belong with the NFL's big boys.

GOOD NIGHT, FOLK!

Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly: Now time has truly expired on Nick Folk. He missed two big field goals and nearly sucked the air out of his team. Good defense, mostly bad offense until it woke up late. Awful coaching at the end, not spiking the ball after DeSean Jackson's catch. Cost time Bucs could have used. Plenty of blame to go around. Still, Folk is the face of this loss.

SWING AND A MISS

Rick Stroud, @StroudNFL: The defense did its job. QB Jameis Winston waited until the fourth quarter to do his job. But PK Nick Folk will be looking for a job after missing three more field goals Thursday night, including a 31 yarder.

THAT'S ALL, FOLK

Greg Auman, @gregauman: Great game for Bucs defense to keep the Patriots offense in check. The offense didn't click until a little too late, and three missed field goals should spell the end for Folk.

RED ZONE TROUBLES

Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics: We can talk about missed field goals, and while that's a serious problem, it's a symptom of another problem: The Bucs aren't scoring enough touchdowns. So far, Tampa Bay has scored a touchdown on half of its 14 trips inside the red zone.

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